Siberian Cats of 'Bravada'
where 'Quality Begets Quality'
~Taking Baby Home~
Knowing how eager most Families may be to get their new Siberian Kitten home has us providing information below explaining our reasons for not allowing a 'Bravada' Kitten to leave for their new homes at too young an age.
Weaning - Here at Bravada we do not believe in rushing the weaning process. Allowing for Mother and Kittens to wean themselves at their own pace helps make for a less needy Kitten. Not to mention, a happier mom. Most Kittens start eating solid foods when nearing five weeks of age, but still want / need the comfort of Mom. Some Kittens have such a strong urge to suckle that, if taken too early from mom, will begin to nurse on each other, or even on bedding / clothing or their owner. Others may become fretful without mom and tend to cry often or develop nervous habits. These habits can be difficult to break. We believe in letting Mom and Kitten determine when it is time to be fully weaned. Most will agree that not much earlier than twelve weeks is the expected age for a Kitten, mentally & physically, to be able to handle leaving Mom and Littermates.
Litter Box Habits - By the age of twelve weeks, good litterbox habits have been reinforced by watching Mom. Most Kittens do not start to use the litterbox until four or five weeks of age. Kittens watching Mom dig and scratch, defecate, and then bury will soon follow suit. All Kittens benefit from consistency and familiarity, when young, so a familiar environment, same litterbox, etc. makes for few, if any, accidents and reinforces strong litterbox habits. Mom able to reinforce this behaviour for several weeks ensures a clean Kitten that continues to use a litterbox faithfully.
Socialisation - By twelve weeks of age the amount of human interaction and socialisation received will have a good foundation in place for the continued development of a Kitten's personality. This will have Kitten better able to handle new experiences without much fear and / or stress. This socialization comes not only from their human Family, but also from Mom and Littermates. They will have developed, proper play habits without getting too rough, well-formed litterbox habits, how to stay well-kept through daily grooming, and how to interact with humans and other cats. Will have been eating solid foods for at least four weeks, and have become quite used to the daily activities of a household. When it is time for them to leave they are then mentally and physically ready to cope with the transition to their new home.
Juvenile Altering - With the well being of our Siberian Kittens in mind, before placement, a 'Bravada' Kitten will have undergone 'juvenile altering'. While it may seem that interest in early age altering is a recent phenomenon, it has not only been talked about, but it has been practiced for over 25 years in North America. Early age altering usually refers to spays and neuters done between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. Multiple studies have concluded that there are no adverse effects to growth and development, hormonal imbalances or negative behavioural changes. Advantages of early altering have proven to be a more rapid recovery for the Kitten, significant decrease in the incidence of testicular and mammary cancers and undesirable behaviours such as urine marking in males decreased, as well. Along with early altering being more cost effective for the new owner they are, also, now able to enjoy their new companion without future worries of surgery. We, as breeders, can also relax in the knowledge that the kitten we place today is not going to contribute to the surplus pet population tomorrow.
Allergen testing - For those Families with allergy sufferers a fairly new test is now available to breeders that can, more accurately, predict allergen levels in Kittens. Through the testing of a Kitten's saliva we are able to measure their level of "Fel d1", a glycoprotein that most people with cat allergies react to. For best results testing is done between the ages of nine to twelve weeks.
Immune Systems - Kittens, through nursing in the first 36-48 hours, receive passive immunity from the Mother's colostrum (first milk). The peculiarity of a newborn is their ability to absorb the colostral antibodies into its blood system through the intestine. This immunity (maternal antibodies), from the Mother generally, circulate in the newborn's blood for a number of weeks. Studies have shown that maternal antibodies may often interfere with vaccines if Kittens are vaccinated too early, leaving the Kitten without proper protection. With the Kittens optimum health in mind we generally will not vaccinate until past 8 weeks of age when we are assured that interference from maternal immunity is less of a threat. After first vaccines, and by the time Kittens are twelve weeks of age, the immune system has developed sufficiently to give the Kitten that much needed protection when going through the stress of adoption. Yet another reason for Kitten to not leave our care too early.
Diet - Through our years of experience with the raising and placement of our Great Dane puppies, whose immune systems can take quite a beating through the stress of rapid growth, vaccines, ear cropping surgery, transition to new homes, etc., we realise the importance that proper diet can play in the building and boosting of an immune system. To ensure a good strong immune system is in place, at the time of placement, Kittens are raised on a mixed diet. This ensures that your Kitten will be able to eat a variety of foods when they come to your home.
Recommended Foods - Here at Bravada we feed and highly recommend the following: Raw food 'Pets 4 Life', grain free / raw diet equivalent commercial wet food 'Ziwi Peak', grain free commercial kibble 'Orijen', grain free commercial kibble 'Wellness Core' and grain free commercial kibble 'Fromm Surf & Turf'.
Siberian Cats excellent for Families with allergies. Hypo-allergenic Siberian Cats / Siberian Kittens, with hypo-allergenic fur in Ontario Canada. We ship our Siberian Cats /Siberian Kittens to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, P.E.I., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta & British Columbia, B.C. Canada